Dani is a Book & Wine Pairing Blogger from the mountains of West Virginia. She loves to read anything she can get her hands on while sipping on a glass of wine and snuggling with her fur-babies.

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By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Narrated By Peter Hermann


I have never been a fan of James Patterson's work, but this was one of those freebies with Audible, so I thought: Oh, what the hell. 

James Patterson is a rather popular author... with the right crowd. While I am not necessarily a part of this crowd, I didn't see why I couldn't listen to his book and do a review. Every book needs to be reviewed from different angles, right? So why not add my angle to the list? You never know, an author just might surprise you. 

Some History:

James Patterson is an American author and philanthropist. Among his works are the Alex CrossMichael BennettWomen's Murder ClubMaximum RideDaniel XNYPD RedWitch and Wizard, and Private series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels. His books have sold more than 300 million copies and he was the first person to sell 1 million e-books. In 2016, Patterson topped Forbes's list of highest-paid authors for the third consecutive year, with an income of $95 million. His total income over a decade is estimated at $700 million.

In November 2015, Patterson received the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation, which cited him as a "passionate campaigner to make books and reading a national priority." A generous supporter of universities, teachers, colleges, independent bookstores, school libraries, and college students, Patterson has donated millions of dollars in grants and scholarships with the purpose of encouraging Americans of all ages to read more books. (Source)

Maxine Paetro is an American author who has been published since 1979, when she published her first book, How to Put Your Book Together and Get a Job in Advertising. This non-fiction work has been described as "the advertising industry bible and ultimate insider's guide to getting in and getting noticed."

Between 1986 and 1992, she published three novels: ManshareBaby Dreams, and Windfall. In 1993, she collaborated with Dodd Darin to write the biography Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee.

In 2005, she began the first of more than a dozen collaborations with best-selling author James Patterson, co-writing 4th of July for the Women's Murder Club series. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, of authors with the most titles to be at number one on The Sunday Times bestseller list over the past forty years, she ranks #16 with eleven separate titles in the #1 position. (Source)

The Synopsis:

The police can't help you...

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

The press will destroy you...

Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushed him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer. 

Only one place to turn: Private...

But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson's sleekest, most exciting thriller ever. (Hachette Audio)

The Review & Wrap-Up:

After listening to Private, I've decided that I'm still not a fan of James Patterson's writing. It's not bad, just not my style. However, this was a fast paced novel that did keep me on my toes, which is something that I do enjoy.

I found a lot of the story to be nothing but fluff. There was absolutely no point behind having it in the story other than if it wasn't there than the story itself wouldn't have been very long. The fluff was there to do just that: fluff the story.

I did really enjoy what I would consider to be the main case of the story: the school girl slayings. I listened to this book while running (like most books that I listen to.) When the schoolgirls case was being discussed throughout the book, I found I could focus strictly on the book and forget all about my run and all of the negative thoughts that can pull a runner down.  The schoolgirls case was interesting, not only with who, what, where and how of the murderer, but also with how Jack Morgan and his detectives figured everything out.

But when the rest of the story came back to the forefront, I found my breathing would get thrown off, and I was only focusing on all of the negative things going on with my run and completely zone out of the book. I was bored. The fluff was boring, and there was so much of it. Which is the main reason why I didn't like Patterson's Private.

My rundown:
If you like James Patterson: read this book.
If you like fast pace mysteries: read this book.
If you like a lot of fluff: read this book.
If you don't like any of those things: Move on. It won't be worth your time. I'm sure you've read it all before anyway.

From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.

Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚

Pair it with:



What You'll Need:
1.5 oz Jägermeister
1/2 can Red Bull


How to Make:
Pour Jägermeister in a shot glass.
Pour Red Bull into a high ball glass (or other tall glass).
Drop the shot glass into the high ball glass and drink immediately.

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